Do I Need a Tassimo Cleaning Disc to Clean My T-Disc Brewer?

A few companies are marketing branded cleaning discs for a variety of single serving coffee makers, including such CoffeeForLess favorites as Tassimo and Keurig coffee machines. These products appearance in the marketplace has led some in our coffee community to ask if these products are necessary when it comes to coffee machine maintenance. Today, we put to rest he question of whether you need a branded Tassimo cleaning disc or some sort of special cleaning K-Cup to clean these machinese.

While these branded cleaning implements do offer their own specific promises, single cup coffee makers like Tassimo T-Disc brewer and the Keurig K-Cup coffee maker are quite simply not that different from regular coffee makers to absolutely necessitate design or brand specific cleansers.

They can simply be cleaned as any other coffee maker is cleaned, making single cup coffee makers just as easy to own and maintain as regular coffee makers, no Tassimo cleaning disc or scrubby K-Cup necessary.

Clean Tassimo or K-Cup Coffee Makers with Household Ingredients

Tassimo Cleaning Discs Unnecessary with VinegarMaybe you have heard that you can clean coffee makers with white vinegar, maybe you have not, but one thing is certain: it works. Vinegar is very acidic and the elements left behind by unfiltered water and the coffee making process happen to have a great solubility in acidic vinegar-water mixtures.

The only problem with using white vinegar to clean a coffee maker like a Tassimo or Keurig model is that vinegar itself, while utterly harmless to people, is actually quite acidic and capable of damaging sensitive coffee maker parts. This is solved by simply watering down vinegar at a proportion of one part vinegar to two parts water.

For instance, mixing one cup of vinegar with two cups of water would make a cleansing fluid that is utterly effective at descaling and cleaning as any Tassimo cleaning disc.

The method is simply, run your vinegar-water mix through your coffee maker just as you would regular water. Run the vinegar-water mix to make a full pot of coffee or cup of coffee, depending on your brewer. Do this once, and then run the brewer two more times with regular water to rinse out any residual vinegar.

Do this with no coffee in the machine and discard each round of cleanser brew to clean your Tassimo brewer or K-Cup coffee maker with no need for branded cleaning discs.

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  1. I own a Tassimo brewer and have no problem using a vinegar/water solution to clean it EXCEPT how do I get the machine to run without a cleaning disk in it? As far as I know you must either insert a pod or a disk to start the machine. Is there a trick I don’t know about?

  2. @Dawn

    You need the Tassimo "Service Disc" that came with the unit. It has no cleansers or coffee but instead is a plastic disk that lets the machine run.

    If you have lost your "service disc," it can be replaced at the Bosch website or possibly on other websites.

  3. Thanks for the post, even though I read it after I already decided to try this myself. However, was still useful… because I never thought that putting pure vinegar in the machine could really damage it. lol, your post made me second-guess myself and so I diluted it down, though the descaling process had already been running for 10 minutes. Anyway good info good post 🙂

  4. If you dont have the cleaning disc, you can create your own by using the method below:



  5. Keep a used Cappuccino Milk Disk. its just an empty container once used. Empty water container, mix 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water into the receiving cup, stir well, and pour into reservoir tank. Press start, Empty and rinse reservoir tank, refill and run it twice more to clean out any remaining vinegar

  6. You can just download the barcode for the cleaning disc (tassimo), and either put it right on the reader,or tape it to an old beverage disc and run it through.
    Seeing as there’s no cleaner in the tdisc, this code starts the self-clean process.
    Works perfectly every time for me.

  7. The cleaning disk with tassimo, is in the unit, remove the water reservoir and you’ll see it..Before I did it once, I thought I had to buy one.

  8. I need help..I have a new machine, only a few months old. It has a red light that is round showing water drops in it.. I have cleansed the machine with the cleaning disc and this warning light is still on…the coffee still brews most of the time…could it be telling me that the internal filter needs to be replaced….?

  9. This is so much helpful to Damien. I’ve been looking over the internet regarding this. I’m thankful to finally found it.

  10. Why does my Tassimo coffee maker only make half a mug when brewing?

  11. Thanks for the info, and YES, I can vouch for the fact that diluted vinegar (1:2) works every bit as well as the expensive cleaning tablets when descaling my Tassimo.
    Thanks for the post.

  12. I use a milk disk for making hot water and it would work to run the vinigar and water through too

  13. My tassimo will not work because it says it needs water but the water holder in the back is full and inserted correctly?

  14. I have descaled the coffee machine but the red light keeps flashing any suggestions

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